scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: 20/20 program
Mon Nov 08 1999 - 20:26:17 CST
In a message dated 11/8/99 8:48:38 PM, blackeagle@SCOUTER.NET writes:
<< Those are my reflections from the program....anyone else?? >>
My main observation was that the actions of the BSA (Council and National)
were reported on and passed over in about 10 seconds. I believe that they
went something like this.
"As a result of this report (the first report of child abuse ), Scout
officials removed him from leadership in the Boy Scouts. He then continued
to take boys camping in his own private organization."
What else should and could the BSA and the Council be expected to do,
particularly in the face of repeated denials by the youth and denial by their
parents? Ultimately, the primary responsibility for selection of leadership
is with the sponsoring institution, not with the BSA. When a skilled
manipulator is at work, particularly one with tight political connections
into the sponsoring institution, the result will be problems.
Maybe off the topic a little, this is one of the reasons I become concerned
when I see only one Troop or Pack covering a substantial area or when there
is one large very strong unit and only small weak other units. Competition
is one of the great factors in improving quality and in giving boys an
alternative if a particular unit is uncomfortable.